Nov. 16, 2016
Report: Michigan QB Wilton Speight out for regular season[Wilton Speight injury: Michigan QB out for season with broken collarbone][Wilton Speight Out For Regular Season]
The Michigan Wolverines are in the midst of a tremendous season, but on Monday, they received news that could alter their path to the College Football Playoff. Per Connor Tap of 247Sports, Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight is out for the regular season after breaking his collarbone. This news was first reported by MGoBlog.
The injury occurred in the Wolverines' 14-13 loss to Iowa in which he took a huge shot. At the time, head coach Jim Harbaugh said that Speight would be a gametime decision for Michigan's November 19 contest against Indiana. Now, it appears that decision has been made.
Junior John O' Korn will likely fill the void at quarterback per Tap, and he will certainly have big shoes to fill. Speight has thrown for 2,156 yards and 15 touchdowns in correlation with a 69.7 quarterback rating.
O' Korn is a former three-star recruit who was ranked the No. 32 pro-style quarterback in the 2013 class. Last year for the Wolverines, he threw for 114 yards and two touchdowns. This year in sporadic action, he has gone 13-18 for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Evwen though they are having a tremendous season, this news could not come at a worse time for Jim Harbaugh and company. They have dropped to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 and Coaches Poll and are clinging to a College Football Playoff berth after losing to the Hawkeyes.
Connecting with my post yesterday, they have to travel to The Horseshoe to take on the Buckeyes following Indiana. If O' Korn starts, this will be a major (and almost unfair) test for him. The Ohio State defense is physical and quick, something that has the potential to rattle him. If O' Korn and the Wolverines lose that game, it will be understandable given the circumstances. They best thing Michigan can hope for is an upset at Ohio State and the return of Speight for postseason football.
However, Michigan has no room for error. Should they slip up, postseason football would be out of the question.